One dead, dozens of stowaways found ‘screaming’ in shipping container
One man is dead and more than 30 others have been taken to the hospital after Essex England Tilbury dock workers discovered them inside a shipping container.
According to the BBC, the individuals inside the shipping container were “suffering from severe dehydration and hypothermia.” Essex Police say they’re treating the investigation as a homicide.
“Staff here at the port became aware of screaming and banging,” Superintendent Trevor Roe said, noting that the 35 adults and children are believed to be from the Indian subcontinent.
Multiple reports suggest the people were discovered somewhere between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. after a ship carrying 50 shipping containers arrived from Belgium.
Individuals from the container were taken to three local hospitals, According to the Daily Mirror. Officials reportedly sent “seven ambulances, two rapid response cars, a patient transport services vehicle, two duty operational managers, two basics doctors and [a] hazardous area response team.”
As officials continue to investigate the incident, they say they’re running into difficulties due to language barriers.
The Guardian quotes Superintendent Roe as saying, “some of the difficulties around some of the questions are because we can’t speak to them and engage.”
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